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May 9, 2021

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As a Ukrainian Australian, I find this extremely distressing. The Soviet regime accounted for the deaths of over 6 million Ukrainians, through starvation or execution. The gulags were full of Ukrainians, including relatives of mine who died there.

This choir, singing its Soviet era songs is not quaint or amusing. It is tasteless and cruel. If it was a choir singing Nazi songs of the Holocaust in front of a swastika, people would be rightly outraged. Dustyesky Choir just glorify a different genocide.


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  1. My Jewish ancestors were massacred by Ukrainians. Does that mean the Ukrainian people or culture should not be celebrated? In fact, is there any country that doesn’t have blood on their hands? If you go down this path to is logical conclusion, there would be no songs to sing, no peoples or cultures to celebrate and far less joy and more division in the world.

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